There are at least two Dolphins who don’t want out

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Well, there are at least two of them.

Intrepid reporter Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald found a pair of Dolphins veterans who said they did not want to be traded out of the ongoing sinkhole there.

Specifically, veteran receivers DeVante Parker and Allen Hurns said they had no interest in leaving, even after the team traded away a number of players and any shot of being competitive.

It’s a great organization,” Parker said. “I want to put the team back and get it back on track where we used to be.”

Maybe he means the 1970s or even the ’80s, but when asked if the trades had been dispiriting to those who remain, he replied:“No. You may feel like that at one point, but you still have plenty of games left and opportunities each week.”

Hurns signed with them on the second day of training camp, but he grew up in South Florida, so there’s also the lure of family to keep him rooted.

“I’ve never been one to ask for a trade during a season,” Hurns said. “Once I’m committed to something, I’m committed to it. I thought signing here I would play with a lot of those guys [Laremy Tunsil, Kenny Stills, Minkah Fitzpatrick]. Unfortunately they’re not here. But nobody wants to hear those excuses. . . .

“It’s difficult. You’re competitive. But you have faith. It’s still early in the season. You’ve got to find your peace and joy and be thankful you’re playing this game. Just count your blessings. You’re living a dream.”

Or perhaps a nightmare, depending on your perspective.

Both players are good enough to find work for other teams if they needed to, but it’s hard to view them as the start of a movement either, as the Dolphins try to build from scratch.

7 responses to “There are at least two Dolphins who don’t want out

  1. I wish Parker could stay healthy and be more consistent week in and week out. He has definitely not reached his potential. Maybe things improve with Rosen.

    GO PHINS~!

  2. Good for them that’s the stuff I would like too hear. These athletes are rediculous. Demanding a trade because a team is loosing or because you are unhappy give me a break. Your being paid a ton of money too play a game for a living. You want too switch places with the guys who struggle too find a team and are out of the league in a year or less?

  3. I played on a college baseball team that won the CWS (and lost one too). I’ve played on USSSA softball teams that won state and national tourneys and titles.

    I’ve also played on some summer baseball teams that were in Ofer land and softball teams that were already losing 9-0 before the game started.

    The difference IS finding your own peace and balance. I’ll take great friends on a losing team vs no friends on a winning team. Although I had friends in both situations. Friends and laughing is huge. A mindset that the effort is there. No finger pointing, just finding a way to have some fun and knowing the deficiencies are what they are.

    Conversely, winning has it’s issues with pressure and expectations. Which I loved but others don’t handle so well. Either way, if you love the game, you find a way.

    Of course we didn’t have rabid (paying) fans where winning and losing was an extension of their lives. Therein lies the problem. It’s easy to accept, especially when getting paid vs. not so easy to accept when you’re the one paying.

  4. The truth hurts, you rabid fans. Those that once got paid could absolutely care less. We do it because we love it, not to entertain you. We grew up throwing a ball against a wall. Or hitting someone so hard, their grandmother felt it. With no one watching.

    Love of the game, for world class athletes ,supersedes the uniform and the fan base. Grown ups playing a kids game. That IS what it is. Baseball, anyway. Football practice sucked so bad I chose college baseball (mentally) in 10th grade.

  5. DeVante Parker is 26 and Allen Hurns is 27, so there is a chance that they will be able to play long enough to be on a competitive Miami team. But I wouldn’t bet any money on that.

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